At approximately 1:00 am, Sergeant Travis Curran with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on Hwy 53 East in Jasper Georgia. Curran followed the vehicle until it stopped on Lincoln Street. As Curran exited his vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Gary Lee Castle, moved aggressively toward him with a large metal pipe in his hand.
As Castle moved toward Curran, the Sergeant retreated approximately 100 feet while repeatedly pleading with Castle to drop the weapon. After Castle refused the commands, Sgt. Curran discharged his firearm, striking Castle.